Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | February 20, 2006

Principles of Restoration

At the weekend, seeing my fellow-blogger post on the question “Does anyone still believe in restoration?” made me want to revisit some of the important principles of this vital truth.

Particularly in the 1980s, the vision and theology of restoration was the engine that drove massive progress, growth and development in the church of the UK. It’s apostolic and faith-filled outlook on the church and kingdom of God was a powerful antedote to two difficulties that were afflicting the church:

  • Firstly, it countered the inherent passivity of established denominations, and
  • Secondly, it rebuked the fairly gloomy dispensational-based teaching which predicted a largely defeated church struggling to survive as God’s remnant people

Put simply, restoration is the conviction that God’s kingdom and his accompanying rule is ever increasing (Is.9:7) so that ultimately the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord (Is.11:9). Who is the agent of this ultimate purpose? The church as the people and ‘Israel’ of God, a dynamic and prophetic community of the redeemed who express the heart of God to the nations.

So, do I still believe in restoration? Absolutely! I am more convinced now than ever before.



  1. Amen!

    Elijah must come first and restore all things (Mt 17:11).
    Just as Elijah prepared the way for Elisha (whose name means “Lamb of God”), and John the baptist prepared the way and cried “Behold the lamb”, now the Church has the ministry in the Spirit and power of Elijah, to proclaim and advance the kingdom to prepare the way for the Lamb upon the throne who will return in glory to a bride that has made herself ready, and a world full of the knowledge of the glory of God.

    Restoration is our mission. The prophetic call to the church was, and still is: “Don’t live for anything less!”

  2. Hi Hugh

    Thank you for this essential truth & teaching


  3. Thank you for this refresher! I remember, in the 70s and 80s, CJ Mahaney stating repeatedly and quite clearly: “When the Holy Spirit gets hold of you, you’ll never be able to settle for anything less!” He made this declaration in the context of recovering and reclaiming scriptural truths relating to the restoration of all things through the Church of Jesus Christ, advancing forcefully and victoriously throughout the Earth.

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